October 23, 2014

Taliban group prepared to hold peace talks with US

By Sajad - Sun Nov 25 2012, 9:01 pm

A seminar was organized in Qatar to discuss Afghan peace process with the militants groups in Afghanistan.

Participants of the conference said Taliban group leaders are keen to resume peace negotations with the US officials.

Afghan political observer and participant in Afghan peace talks seminar Wahid Muzhda said he met with a number of the Taliban group leadrs in Qatar.

He said Afghanistan and Pakistan officials have interferred in peace talks between Taliban and US officials in a bid to create barriers over peace negotiations.

In the meantime Afghan high peace council officials deny Wahid Muzhda and said they are supporting resumption of peace talks with the Taliban group.

Peace talks between the US and the Taliban broke down in March mainly because the Afghan insurgents refused to agree to a deal by which guerrilla commanders released from Guantánamo Bay would remain under Qatari government supervision in Doha, a senior US administration official said.

The official said contacts have continued between the Kabul government and Taliban representatives, and that the US was also ready to resume talks.

Negotiations broke down in March after a failure to agree the fate of five insurgents, including three Taliban commanders, held in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. In return, an American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, was to have been freed by a Taliban affiliate, the Haqqani network, as part of a sequence of confidence-building measures leading to a ceasefire and broader talks between Kabul and the insurgency.

In a statement the Taliban said they had agreed to talks focusing on a political office being established in Qatar and on a prisoner exchange.

They said they were suspending the talks because of “the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans”.

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